We are currently preparing to set out on an eight month research tour on sex trafficking around the U.S. We will use photography, film, blogging and freelance magazine articles to spread awareness of the problems within each state. We will be speaking to the inspiring people on the ground in community organizations, non-governmental organizations, governmental organizations and law enforcement, as well as education, who are working to prevent all individuals from being forced into the sex trade. We will be the medium for each organization and individual we speak with along the way to share his or her thoughts on sex trafficking in the U.S. We will strive to understand what key people and organizations are doing to mitigate the sex trade, what is left to be done, and what environmental factors allow the trade to thrive in our nation.
In each state we visit, we will highlight aspects of local sex trafficking and work to identify features of at-risk youth. We will research where at-risk youth come from and how exactly they are groomed for prostitution. We hope to understand how these factors differ from state to state.
Additionally, we will take a closer look at Federal and State anti-human trafficking legislation. As previously mentioned, only Wyoming and West Virginia have yet to pass any human-trafficking legislation. While other states have passed legislation, many of them still struggle to enforce new human trafficking laws and to effectively curb commercial sexual exploitation in particular. The establishment of a policy to fight human trafficking is only the first step. There is still so much work to be done. What we hope to do with this research is use the knowledge of the various actors on the ground to analyze the situation and make it clear what actions are necessary in order to fight the sex trade.
Our research will begin in Honolulu, Oahu in Hawaii, a state that until 2011 was considered to be one of the ‘Dirty Dozen’ states with no laws or inadequate laws addressing sex-trafficking. Additional information on HI is to come.
Don’t forget to take a look at our ‘Articles‘ page to read about uncovered sex trafficking cases throughout the U.S. and around the world.